Data privacy may be one of the thorniest problems of the digital age, but many industries see immense potential in blockchain technology, investing billions in the hopes of finding solutions that can protect individuals’ information rights even as they facilitate new models of digital transactions.

“2019 will be the year of privacy,” Dawn Song, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, said as she addressed a room full of people at the 2019 EmTech China conference, held in Beijing from Jan. 19-22.

Although control over personal data is increasingly regarded as a basic human right, current regulations are still far from comprehensive enough to protect sensitive data. However, Song believes that more comprehensive privacy protection regulations will be put into place this year.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.